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Matty Blythe can kick-start career with Bradford Bulls
Matty Blythe yesterday joined the Bulls on a season-long loan and described them as the “perfect club” to reignite his career.
The versatile Warrington centre will spend the entire 2013 campaign at Odsal after finding first-team opportunities in Tony Smith’s star-studded squad limited.
Yet 23-year-old Blythe’s pedigree is not in doubt and his ability to play in the centres and back row should serve Bulls boss Francis Cummins well next term.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I met with Franny a couple of weeks ago and he sold it to me straight away.
“I need to be playing every week because I’m not getting any younger. With the side we’ve got at Warrington, it was pretty hard to string a few games together.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of things next year at Bradford and hopefully starting regularly.”
Blythe was born in Manchester but moved to Warrington aged four and made his debut for the Wolves in 2007.
He has made just over 30 appearances and scored an impressive 12 tries but chances have been few and far between in recent seasons, particularly with the likes of Ryan Atkins, Stefan Ratchford, Trent Waterhouse and Ben Westwood at Smith’s disposal.
Smith subsequently advised Blythe to head out on loan for a year at Bradford under Cummins, who the Warrington coach worked with so successfully at Leeds.
Blythe, who is contracted to Warrington for another two years, explained: “Tony and I spoke about me coming out on loan for a year to get some regular game time.
“I was one hundred per cent happy about that. I think coming to Bradford is the perfect move for me at this time of my career to string some games together.
“The week after I spoke to Smithy I was having coffee with Franny and, like I said, he sold it to me straight away.”
Cummins is still waiting to discover if Adrian Purtell will be given the go-ahead to resume playing next season.
The Australian, who suffered a heart attack in the aftermath of the Magic Weekend encounter with Leeds in May, is expected to be given a definitive answer by medical specialists in December.
The addition of Blythe gives the Bulls options in the pack and centres, with the player himself saying: “I can obviously play in the forwards but I see centre as my best position and that’s where I’d like to establish myself.”
Cummins added: “Matty’s a handful and is a real player of the game – very physical with a great offload.
“I’ve spoken to Tony Smith and Willie Poching and they want him to play and get that experience as well.
“Ultimately, after his time here, he may well go back to Warrington and become a regular.
“If I can personally help Matty to do that then it would mean he’s done a great job at Bradford.
“I was struck by his enthusiasm and I’m sure he’ll be a great asset for us next season. He’ll be with us all year and then we’ll see what happens at the end of it.”